Date        : 10 Sep 2017         

Venue      : Riverside

Match      : Championship #7

 

Match Write-up: by Allan Bayman

 

With the issues on the match lake at Willows, which was our originally booked venue ,we had to find a new location for this match and with Riverside in sparkling form it made sense to move the match to our home water plus we were struggling to find anywhere with space for us.

 

It was nice to see such a good turn out including some of the clubs top anglers such as Connor and Dave McGrath and Josh Blavins who used to be regular faces on VAC matches. I was chatting to Josh pre match and he was surprised to learn that it had changed so much over the last few years. No longer did you need to draw pegs 22, 20, 5 or in the low 50s to win and plenty of other pegs were capable of the win. Indeed there were very few no hopers due to the ongoing work on the fishery.

 

There were some good anglers on good pegs but with the downpour the day before which had cooled down the water I was a bit unsure if it would fish or not.

 

As it went I think most people had a good days fishing if not a frustrating one as there were a lot of fish coming adrift as Connor behind me found out loosing about the same as the 28lb he had. All round the fishery people were finding pockets of carp, mainly the smaller ones.

Whilst most of the expected better pegs featured near the top of the weigh in sheet it was nice to see Dave McGrath get into the top 10 form peg 28 one that used to be good but has not produces for some time. There was a great battle between Roger Brown and Kev Hawes on pegs 1 and 2 with Kev on peg 2 just pipping Roger by one fish.

Alan Thomas
(pictured right) fished a tidy match on peg 54 which has won a few times this year and plundered its margins to record 42lb 14oz which would be 3 ounces ahead of Josh on peg 45 who fished maggot and groundbait for 42lb 11oz.  

Top spot would go to a peg I doubt anyone would have bet on with Steve Burfoot finding some cracking fish to 11lb down the edges of peg 34. Steve recorded a cracking 54lb 5oz weight which is
the second best 5-hr result for the venue, beaten only by Alan Thomas who had over 68lb last year but that was in a small mid-week match.

In summary, this was the best result ever at Riverside for a five hour match. The average of over 20lb per angler a good few pounds ahead of the previous best.

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Steve Burfoot

54.05

100

34

 best carp was 11.04

2

Alan Thomas

42.14

95

54

 

3

Josh Blavins

42.11

90

45

 

4

Kev Hawes

35.14

85

2

 

5

Roger Brown

33.01

80

1

 

6

Mark Jones

31.10

75

53

 

7

Roger Smith

30.06

70

25

 

8

Rich McCorry

28.12

65

51

 

9

Connor McGrath

28.02

60

16

 

10

Dave McGrath

25.06

55

28

 

11

Colin Rennison

24.09

50

19

 

12

Simon Jee

19.07

45

20

 

12

Mark Gloster

19.07

45

44

 

14

Phil Rule

16.07

35

37

 

15

Chris Budden

16.05

30

5

 

16

Ash Adams

14.14

25

27

 

17

John McCarthy

14.08

20

30

 

18

Allan Bayman

13.14

15

14

 

19

Brian Lakin

13.04

10

9

 

20

Stan Kiddle

11.08

5

38

 

21

John Smith

10.15

0

52

 

22

Paul Bangs

8.11

0

31

 

23

Neil Anderson

7.09

0

48

 

24

Davis Aris

3.08

0

21

 

24

Aaron De Yong

2.12

0

24

 

26

Patryck Nelepa

2.12

0

35

 

27

Andy Trigg

DNW

0

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fished

27

553.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show